By Dr. Karim Zaghib, Director at Hydro-Québec, Canada.
Dr. Karim Zaghib is the Director of – Energy Storage and Conversion at Hydro-Québec’s research institute, IREQ, ranks among the researchers most highly cited by their peers, as established by Thomson Reuters’ The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2015 and 2016. Since joining IREQ more than 20 years ago, he has contributed to the development of lithium-ion battery materials for electric transportation and energy storage applications. Dr. Zaghib has authored 368 scientific articles and edited or co-edited nearly 20 books, and is a joint inventor in 550 patents. An active member of the Electrochemical Society, he was awarded the Energy Technology Division Award 2009 and the Battery Division Technology Award 2013, and was elected ECS Fellow in 2011. He also received the International Electric Research Exchange (IERE) Research Award in 2008 and the International Battery Association (IBA) Research Award in 2010. Karim Zaghib holds a Masters (1987) and a Ph.D. (1990) in electrochemistry from the Institut national polytechnique de Grenoble in France. From 1990 to 1992, he engaged in postdoctoral research financed by Saft, a world leader in high-tech batteries, and by the armament branch of France’s department of defense. From 1992 to 1995, he was guest researcher for the Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (METI). In 2002, he received the HDR (Habilitation à diriger des recherches) in materials science from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France). Thanks to Dr. Zaghib’s work, Hydro-Québec was the first company in the world to use lithium iron phosphate in Li-ion battery cathodes and to develop natural graphite and nanotitanate anodes. The most recent advances resulting from his work, which were achieved in collaboration with research centres based in Singapour and Spain, among other countries, will pave the way for the next generation of electric vehicle batteries. His research also led to the creation of Technologies Esstalion, a joint venture with Sony Corporation whose mission is to develop large-scale energy storage systems.